The Táin - Wolfhound

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Wolfhound
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    54 × 38cm
  • Medium
    Lithograph on swiftbrook paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Edition of 70 proofs Purchased in 1970
Description

The original Táin published by Dolmen Press in 1969 was applauded as being the great Irish livre d’artiste of the twentieth century comprises 123 illustrations. The same year, the artist produced The Táin portfolios (1969) consisting of three sets of twelve black and white lithographic brush drawings selected from the Táin and grouped by theme. In total, 36 sheets plus five ‘Individual Subjects’ and four chromo-lithographic ‘Epic Shields’ separate.

The Táin portfolios consist of limited editions of 70 proofs each sheet individually signed, dated and numbered by the artist including portfolio numbers (I, II, & III).

Printed by Frank O’Reilly, Dublin, on Swiftbrook paper, each 54 × 38 (38 × 54) cm. Large folios, unbound with title pages and black interleaves. Boxed by Museum Bookbinders, Dublin, black boards stamped in white in a design by the artist.

The Niland house in its collection 15 lithographs out of the 45 that make up The Táin portfolios.

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  1. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  12. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  15. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  16. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  17. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  19. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  20. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point